Erlene Ruth Marsh


Erlene Ruth Marsh passed from this life on August 16, 2022, in Altus at age 95.  She was born on November 15, 1926, in Lone Wolf to Willis (Bill) H. Nahrgang and Erna (Graumann) Nahrgang.  Erlene grew up in Granite and Lone Wolf, graduating from Lone Wolf High School in May, Class of 1944.  After graduation, she attended Hill Business School in Oklahoma City receiving an associate degree. Moving back from Oklahoma City to help her parents on the farm she met the love of her life J.C. Kruska.  They were wed in 1949 and enjoyed five years of marriage before his passing.  Erlene met and married Alton Marsh and they were blessed with thirty-six years of marriage before his passing. Erlene began in Civil Service at the Altus Air Force Base and worked in Wing Headquarters for twenty-seven years and retired in June of 1987.  Even after retirement she continued working on the farm driving her beloved tractor. Erlene was a longtime member of the Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Granite.  She enjoyed her flowers and gardening, but she especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Erlene is survived by her sons Dr. Jay Kruska and wife Janet, Rick Marsh and wife Debbie, daughter Penny Hook and husband Richard, brother Willard Nahrgang and wife Sherry, sister, Carolyn Hohmann, stepdaughter Janelle Eichhorn. And step daughter-in-law Barbara Marsh.  Erlene leaves a legacy of grandchildren:  Lauren Kruska, Madison Kruska, Leslie Hook and husband Olaf Henricson-Bell, John Hook and wife Allison Solanki, Dr. Abigail Garbarino and husband Rev. Andrew Garbarino, Kelcey Marsh, Lindsey Evans and husband Zack, Gary Marsh and wife Cheryl, Cindy Clem and husband Scott and Angel Edwards. Great-grandchildren:  Benton Kruska Smith, Aeroe Davis, Ellie Davis, Willa Hook, Elliott Hook, Grace Garbarino, Amaury Barraja-Bell, Tanner Marsh and wife Chelsey, Athena Marsh, Rebecca Marsh, Bryan Marsh, Justin Clem, Marshall Clem, Shelbea Clem, Ciera Edwards and Cheyenne Edwards. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.  Erlene was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Erna Nahrgang, husbands, J.C. Kruska and Alton Marsh, sister Esther Lily and spouse A.W. Lily, brother-in-law Vernon Hohmann, stepson Larry Marsh, grandsons Scott, Larry Joe and Joshua Marsh and Nick Davis (Spouse of Lauren Kruska).

Church services were held Saturday, August 20, 2022, 10:30 A.M. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Granite. Pastor B.J. Armstrong officiated, and Dean Graumann assisted. Interment followed at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Granite.

Arrangements entrusted to Peoples Cooperative Funeral Home located at 1400 W. Main, Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. (580)-846-9018.

Memorials can be made in Erlene’s name to the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Granite.

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